Sunday, January 22, 2012

835. SPCA Singapore reported parvoviral infection in its kennels

Around 3 days ago, I read a Straits Times Report that SPCA Singapore will not be accepting any stray dogs as it had to clean and disinfect its kennels affecting parvoviral infections.

For some months, I have been telling my associate vets to check for parvoviral infections in older dogs that come in with blood in the watery stools. If the owner is against the test, record this in the medical case sheet. Adult dogs can also die from parvoviral infection as many are NOT vaccinated yearly. Most Singapore owners don't bother with annual vaccinations judging from my research in vaccination reminders.

Two years ago, I had an adult dog that had stayed in a boarding kennel. The owner wanted her spayed after boarding. I spayed her. She developed bloody diarrhoea 3 days after spay and was diagnosed with parvoviral infections. She died. From one of my do breeder sources, the owner had complained about me to him but the breeder tod the owner that it was not my fault. The dog was just not vaccinated and protected.

Subsequently, I had another similar request. The owner was fed up with me for asking her to wait 7-14 days before spay and so did not return to do the spay. It takes 7-14 days to know whether the dog has parvoviral infections from the boarding kennels. Many kennel operators do not bother with updated vaccinations too.

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